Pentreve Boarding Update – 10 November 2015

This week has been a busy one and after a relaxing 2 week break for half term, a tiring one too! This week’s blog includes the boarders trip to Truro City FC to watch the Bonfire Night fireworks display, although on Thursday morning there seemed little prospect of this as the rain poured and the visibility was poor! Ever the optimists in Cornwall, we advised the boys to wrap up warm and after supper we walked the boarders up to the ground. By 7.30pm and the start of the display the rain had stopped and the clouds had broken to leave a fantastic night for the display….only in Cornwall!! The fire blazed and the fireworks were very good.
Friday was the usual run of Sports Centre activities after some prep, all the rugby matches were cancelled against Plymouth College in the afternoon, which meant the boys could have some down time after our efforts on Perranporth Beach, where we engaged in beach cleaning in support of ‘Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). Armed with bottles of water and 50 pasties in warm boxes we met Mrs Cucknell at the beach with 44 of the boarding community and after a briefing from her, we proceeded into the dunes to collect rubbish. Copious amounts of general litter was found, but alarmingly, lots of non-degradable plastic, and many bottles. We have had the weather on our side this weekend, as we woke to very wet and windy conditions and it seemed like the task would be performed in very adverse conditions. By the time the coach dropped us off and we started the clean, the sun came out. By 1pm when we had finished it was a fantastic sunny and blustery day and the beach was very busy.

Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

The boarders, some of the waste collected and it was great to be joined by Mr Baker and his family.
We often take for granted the beaches which surround us in Cornwall, so it was great to get out on such a fabulous day and do ‘our bit’ for the community and the nature which we are so lucky to have on our doorstep. The dunes are a very fragile ecosystem and easily harmed by such huge amounts of rubbish. It was good to help…and to have a nice warm pasty and drink on the beach afterwards!
Gloves donned at the ready and some beautiful images of Perranporth and the dunes we cleared. Pasties consumed we returned for a relaxing Saturday afternoon and then the frenzy which is DVD, pizza and chicken night. It still remains a mystery to me where so few boys put so much food! Sunday saw us observe a minutes silence during brunch as it was Remembrance Sunday and the chance to reflect and think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war. The whole school will observe this fully on Weds 11 November.
Room tidiness inspections and prep followed, before we joined the girls from Poltisco for some ‘Bubble Football’ in the Sports Centre. The boys returned hot and sweaty after their exploits and all intact!! Time for last opportunities to complete prep, have a much deserved shower and eat heartily at dinner before readying for another week at school.

Bubble Football Images